NILC New Interterritorial Language Committee
Territory: UK, Scandinavia, Eastern, Central and Southern Europe (excluding Spain)
Size: 285 mm x 228 mm
Illustrations: 235 colour, 56 b&w
Olivier Debroise introduces this book as a review of the 13 years of artistic production by Miguel Ventura and his corrosive critique of the mechanisms of power through video, performance, and interactive multimedia installations, now scenarios for staging of his obsession with the transmutations of the body and the dissemination of a language based on the braids of Heidi Schreiber, Ventura's infantilised schizophrenic female alter ego. NILC is a project that includes photographs on experimental subjects in strange dynamics, tables of illustrations as if used as an alphabet, official documents and t-shirts that corroborate the impact and institutionalism of the mission. All in all, it is a harsh and undermining campaign against major projects like the Inter-territorial Language Committee (ILC) of East Africa, which was responsible for the manipulation and standardization of spelling, grammar, and vocabulary in the Swahili language. Ventura's art simply causes us to think twice about the consequences of revolting with language, body, and power schemes and conceptions.
Text in English and Spanish.